Drive Towards Sunrise Using Newton’s Second Law of Motion: Changing Workplace Culture, Part 2

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As promised in my last blog post, this week we discuss how Newton’s second law of motion can be applied to changing workplace culture. The second law is more complex, but if you stick with me, I promise to use it to explain another big and painful challenge when creating change in workplace culture: resistance. Here’s Newton’s second law: F=ma. The vector sum …

Changing Workplace Culture: Lessons from Sir Isaac Newton, Part 1

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I’ve been thinking about physics and workplace culture lately (please don’t hate me because I’m a bit of a geek). Physics has been around much longer than psychology and other disciplines that study culture. As a result, physics tends to have much more precise and measurable constructs than psychology. Today I want to share some of my thinking around changing …

Culture and Conceptual Blindness

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Last week, I had a really interesting conversation with the CEO and CFO of a mid-sized company. They had requested a teleconference because they wanted to discuss the possibility of me helping them improve the performance of their “business partners.” The problem? They had recently experienced a decline in availability of their most seasoned business partners, all of whom were …

The Writing on The Wall

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The writing is clear and concise. Can you read it? Organizations have no alternative but to take note and respond. Deloitte Consulting recently published their 2016 survey about Millennials. The survey continues to support several trends among Millennials that I have been discussing for years in my presentations. If you want to successfully recruit and retain this generation, companies must …

Culture of Diversity

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Peter Drucker has said: “Demographics are the future that has already happened.” According to U.S. Census bureau data published in March 2015, by the year 2020, white children will be in the minority and by 2044, whites will outnumbered by non-whites. This shift is do to a variety of reasons, primarily birthrates among whites is in decline while non-whites are having …

Culture of Delegation

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Delegation is the process by which responsibility and authority for completion of an objective is assigned to an employee. Delegation allows for leaders and managers to have more time for high-priority tasks and present growth opportunities for their direct reports and other members of the organization. Executed properly, delegation can increase productivity, decrease the stress of management, offer training and experience to …

Performance-Based Culture: Teams, Part 2

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“No problem is insurmountable. With teamwork, a little courage, and determination, people can overcome anything.” — B. Dodge This post is the second half of a mini-series on performance-based culture. I recommend you read Part 1 before continuing. Teamwork is the understanding and acceptance of and commitment to group goals by all members that are part of a team. The use and application …

Performance-Based Culture: Teams, Part 1

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“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi I could not agree more with Lombardi. It is always easy to identify a performance-based culture. The culture relies heavily on teams with sound metrics, rewards, and a foundation of collaboration. In a performance-based culture, organizations realize …